What do readers say about this gluten-free pizza crust? “AMAZING!”

“Wow!! I’ve been gluten free for 4 months and I thought my other recipes were as good as it was going to get… This tastes like the REAL thing! My picky non-celiac husband said it tasted like real pizza!” – Ingrid, Maine

“Oh my word!!! My son has been gluten-free for 10 years. I have made every variation of every pizza crust attempt and this outweighs them ALL! He has eaten 5 pizzas in 5 days… and would have had more but his poor mother can’t make them fast enough! Thanks King Arthur Flour!” – Jen, New Jersey

“This is one of the best pizza crusts I have tried.” – Diana, Montana

“I was a bit dubious whether the dough would bake up nicely, as it looks, feels and handles differently than a gluten dough. I never should have doubted you King Arthur! The crust turned out beautifully light and crisp! Best of all, my husband is happy! Again, a thousand thanks!” – MZH, North Carolina

Our readers say it best – if you need to bake gluten-free, this pizza crust recipe is going to make you very, very happy indeed. Without further ado, let’s make a GF pizza.

Now, you have two choices for flour here. Our King Arthur Gluten-Free Multi-Purpose Flour is pre-blended, so you can use it “straight” – no need to combine multiple flours. It’s a carefully tested blend of white rice and whole-grain (brown) rice flours, tapioca starch, and potato starch.

This blend is not only handy; it includes ingredients that reduce the grittiness sometimes found in gluten-free baked goods. It also increases the shelf life of your treats, keeping them fresh longer. Which really isn’t key for pizza… so let’s move to the  homemade option.

If you’d rather make your own blend of GF flours, the following brown rice flour blend, featuring stabilized brown rice flour, works well when substituted for our GF multi-purpose flour; and it tastes better than a blend using regular brown rice flour. The recipe below makes 9 cups, so you’ll have plenty for future GF baking projects.

Whisk together 6 cups (32 ounces) King Arthur stabilized brown rice flour; 2 cups (10 3/4 ounces) potato starch; and 1 cup (4 ounces) tapioca starch or tapioca flour. Store airtight at room temperature. Note: You can substitute white rice flour for the brown rice flour if you like; it’ll make your baked goods grittier (unless you manage to find a finely ground version).

Now, on to our crust.

Put the following in a mixing bowl:

1 1/2 cups King Arthur Gluten-Free Multi-Purpose Flour or brown rice flour blend
2 tablespoons buttermilk powder or nonfat dry milk powder
1 tablespoon sugar or honey
1 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon xanthan gum

Whisk to combine.

Aw, do I REALLY need the xanthan gum? I don’t have any. What happens if I leave it out?

Your pizza crust falls apart. Yes, you really do need xanthan gum; it steps in for the missing gluten to provide baked goods with their structure.

If you’re going to be baking gluten-free, bite the bullet – buy some xanthan gum.

In a separate bowl or measuring cup, combine the following:

1 1/2 teaspoons instant yeast
1 cup warm water
2 tablespoons olive oil

Scoop 1/2 cup of the GF multi-purpose flour or brown rice flour blend from the other bowl, and add it to this liquid mixture.

Stir to combine; a  few lumps are OK.

Set aside for 30 minutes or so, until the mixture is bubbly and smells yeasty.

Look at that yeast go!

Add the yeast mixture to the dry ingredients you stirred together earlier.

Beat on medium-high speed for 4 minutes, using an electric mixer. Yes, you must use a stand mixer or electric hand mixer to make this dough; mixing by hand doesn’t do a thorough enough job.

The mixture will be thick and sticky; if you’ve ever applied spackling compound to a wall, that’s exactly what it’ll look and feel like.

Cover the bowl, and let the dough rest for 30 minutes or so.

While the dough is resting, grease a baking sheet or ≈ round pizza pan, and drizzle 2 tablespoons olive oil into the center.

Let’s go back to the dough. It doesn’t look like it’s done much, does it?

But take a peek underneath the surface – the yeast is doing its thing.

Scrape the dough from the bowl onto the puddle of oil.

Using your wet fingers, start at the center of the dough and work outwards, pressing it into a 12” to 14” circle.

Let the dough rest, uncovered, for 15 minutes. As you can see, there’s plenty of oil to keep it moist.

Don’t like using so much oil? Your choice. But all of us here at King Arthur much preferred gluten-free pizza with an ultra-crisp bottom crust, an attribute only oil can give. And besides, 2 tablespoons of oil divided by 8 slices is less than 1 teaspoon per slice.

Preheat the oven to 425°F while the crust is resting.

Put the pan on a lower rack, and bake the crust for 8 to 10 minutes, just until it’s set.

The surface will go from shiny to matte.

Remove the crust from the oven, and take a look underneath; it should be browning nicely.

Top crust with whatever you like. Here we’re using classic red sauce, mozzarella, and pepperoni.

Return to the oven to finish baking, about 10 to 15 minutes depending on the toppings you’ve chosen.

Remove from the oven. Gluten-free baked goods can tend towards gumminess; this crust, with its beautifully crisp, brown bottom avoids that pitfall.

Serve warm – with kudos from your GF friends.

A plain cheese version is fine for your vegetarian buddies.

And, feel free to make the crust a bit thicker, if you like. After all, not everyone likes “thin ’n’ crispy.”

Read, rate, and review (please) our recipe for Gluten-Free Pizza Crust.

PJ Hamel

PJ Hamel grew up in New England, graduated from Brown University, and was a Maine journalist before joining King Arthur Flour in 1990. PJ bakes and writes from her home on Cape Cod, where she enjoys beach-walking, her husband, two dogs, and really good food!


  1. Sandy

    I placed an order yesterday for your g-free flour, choc chip cookie mix and pancake mixes. My 15 y/o granddaughter, who is Celiac, is coming for a visit this month so will try your flour and mixes out on her!

  2. Wei-Wei

    This looks amazing! Nobody I know has celiac, but knowing that there are decent gluten-free recipes out there certainly calms my mind. Thanks! 🙂


  3. Lucy

    I am so excited by this posting. My niece is arriving in one week and she needs gluten-free food, so this is definitely on my list to serve just for her. She is moving to Costa Rica with her family and i am going to arrange for a shipment of your gluten-free mixes to arrive when they move into their new home in a couple of months. Thank you again for all the research which went into producing your mixes. What a wonderful service to your customers and i hope they become a financial success for King Arthur. Your company is the best.

    Our customer suggestions encourage and inspire us….our customer enthusiasm keeps us going! Happy Baking! Irene @ KAF

  4. ladyfish

    You made me cry! Been gluten free since January & I would do almost anything for a pizza. THANK YOU, Thank you, Thank you.
    (now for a good Ciabata bread recipe, please)

    1. Pat

      I don’t know about Ciabata, but Pamela’s Bread Mix is delicious and tastes like the real thing.

  5. Ricardo Neves Gonzalez - Petrópolis, R.J. - BRAZIL

    I have only one crucial problem here. Difficult to find Xanthan-gum here in my region, specially in my city. I´ll try to find it at Rio de Janeiro to try this thin crust pizza. I love this kind of thin crust pizza. Here in Brazil are commons pizzas made with fry-pan, thin and crusty, lovely. I have a nice recipe of Pizza Romana from Stella Standard book called Homemade Breads.I´ll give a try at that recipe with gluten-free ingredients!

  6. Stephanie B.

    I tried this crust recipe yesterday and it was really good. Mine was a bit thick so next time I will use less dough and make it thinner. But the taste and texture was great! Now if I could just get the King Arthur GF flours locally. Shipping makes it so hard to afford ording from you. Check out my blog (links included) where I have placed pictures of my pizza outcome.

    Looks great, Stephanie! Thanks for sharing the link to your blog here- PJH

  7. Mariana

    Can you mix in in the bread machine?

    I’d think so, Mariana, with all of that agitation from the long knead. Give it a try, let us know how it goes – PJH

  8. sandra

    where do I find these flours and mixes? I live in Texas
    Stores are just beginning to carry the products, and more are picking them up everyday. We don’t currently have a database of which stores in which states have the gluten free, but will offer that as soon as it’s complied and available. You can ALWAYS get the gluten free products directly from us. We’re happy to help. ~ MaryJane

  9. ladyfish

    Dear Sandra:

    Found King Arthur GLUTEN FREE FLOURS in HEB, here in Beaumont, TX, yesterday. (I thanked the store manager!) Will try to make the pizza this weekend……

  10. Melissa

    I’ve been doing a gluten free diet for my 4 yr old son for the last 4 days and was ready to order the mixes and flour this week when I happened upon them at my local HEB in Round Rock, TX!!!! I was so thrilled and bought 3 different ones. I can’t wait to make him pancakes in the morning (he’s very excited as well and wants blueberry ones). I love to bake, as does he, and am happy I still can with the gluten free line. I can’t wait to see what else you come up with. I am such a fan of King Arthur products. Thank you so much!

    Glad we could help you keep baking, Melissa – hope your son is VERY happy with the results! PJH

  11. Marie Fonzi

    Where can we purchase this product?
    We will be selling it in supermarkets and it’s in HEB stores now but if you don’t see it ask your store manager to carry it. Otherwise, you can order from us here Molly @ KAF

  12. Colleen

    Finally a thin, crispy gluten free crust! Thank you! Can this recipe be doubled/tripled for company?

    Absolutely, Colleen – no reason why not. Enjoy – PJH

  13. Rene

    We just found out that our whole family has Celiac after are 12 mo started having severe issues. I have been an avid bakers since I got your bakers companion book for Christmas years ago (a subtly hint from my husband). It broke my heart that I wouldn’t be able to bake for my family anymore and that I was actually hurting them. I didn’t know where to turn until KA started advertising their GF products in the catelog. I could have cried. Of course, I thought, my resource for baking for years should have been the first place I turned to. I put in a huge order in today and know that I can again bake with satisfied taste testers as long as KA is in my corner. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU. You have given me the chance to bake again and the ability to keep my family healthy.

  14. Rene

    P.S. Any chance of getting a GF recipe for Grahm crackers, or any cracker. Our celiac baby use to LOVE them.

    I’ll ask the test kitchen to add that one to the list. Frank @ KAF.

  15. SM

    I can’t wait to try this crust. That’s what I’ve been missing. A local restaurant has GF pizza but there is nothing like making it yourself! For Rene, I found a GF graham cracker recipe at Living Without Magazine online that I like. However, don’t fuss with making them square. It’s faster and less frustrating to scoop them out into balls and squish them flat instead. Lots of opportunities to use KAF there 😉

  16. daphna

    Is there a non-dairy replacement for the buttermilk powder, my son is sensitive to dairy as well and I need to avoid it. Thank you. Looking forward to trying this out with just veggies 🙂
    You can just leave the milk/buttermilk powder out. It will still turn out fine. JMD@KAF

  17. omaria

    I just baked the pizza! Only for 10 minutes because I need to freeze it to take to my daughter. When frozen how long do we bake it with all the stuff on and at what temperature ? I asked the same question as Daphna and a nice lady at KAF told me I could use 2tbl. soy milk and take 2 tbl away from the water. I also added a teaspoon of onion powder and the kitchen smells wonderful. Will continue this story after my daughter has eaten her wonderful gluten and dairy free pizza. Thanks everybody!
    Hi there,
    I checked with the test kitchen and they had some great tips. Preheat the oven to 400°F, if you have a stone definitely use it. Place parchment under the crust or if you are using a pan, grease the pan well. It should take about 15-18 minutes to bake the frozen crust. All ovens vary though, so don’t worry if yours takes longer.
    Hope this helps! ~ MaryJane

  18. Sarah

    I just made pizza using your recipe, and it truly is very, very good. I only made one pizza, and am sad that my husband and I will have to order out so that our children can eat all of the gluten-free pizza- it’s that good! One question: I found the dough to be difficult to spread thinly in the pan (the stickiness wasn’t a problem as much as the quantity- there just wasn’t a lot of dough, and it was very soft), and was not able to raise the edge as in the picture on the recipe page. Any hints for getting a nice rolled edge? Thanks!
    Adding a bit of oil to your fingers really helps you be able to move the dough around, and it does take a bit of time. Put your iPod on your favorite song and just work away at it for a few minutes. Have fun! ~ MaryJane

  19. Zanne

    Can this be rolled out between 2 oiled sheets of parchment? I don’t care what shape it ends up being. I would make 2 smaller pizzas.

    Also, could the initial baking, to crisp the bottom, be done on a cast iron griddle? Gluten pizzas can be baked that way, but I was thinking of that initial step while the oven was heating. If the griddle was hot and oiled, the crust should firm up quickly.

    I just made what should have been a yummy pizza, but it was a storebought GF crust, and it was terrible. The toppings were good, but the crust was like cardboard. I HAVE TO GET KAF flour asap!


    Yes, you could try rolling out between greased pieces of parchment; but it’s VERY sticky, so not sure it would come off. You could also try the griddle; again, not sure you could get it on and off, as the crust is so very sticky… Maybe try tolling on parchment; hopefully peeling off the top piece of parchment, and flopping it onto the (well-oiled) griddle. Maybe once it firms on the griddle, the other piece of parchment could be pulled off. Not sure about all this, but give it a try – PJH

  20. Zanne

    I forgot to ask one other question. Are the sugar and buttermilk powder just a taste preference or necessary? Usually, traditional pizza is just flour, salt, water and maybe some olive oil. Just trying to figure this all out – will it work without the sweetener and milk?

    Yes, I believe you could leave out the sugar and milk – they’re there for texture and flavor, but I’m thinking the crust would work without them. Give it a try – PJH

    1. PJ Hamel, post author

      Rosemary, yeast is very capable of converting the starch in flour to sugar for its food – when a recipe calls for adding a bit of sugar to dough, it’s simply to give the yeast a “fast food” meal. Good question – thanks for connecting here. PJH

  21. Jessica Forsman (Duluth, MN)

    This recipe was insanely delicious!!!! Kudos to the folks at King Arthur!!! I could not get my hands on the GF flour, but tried the Brown rice mix recipe. My family raved about the crust. Most definitely a keeper. 🙂

  22. Ben (NH)

    FINALLY! We have been trying out gf pizzas for a few years now and this is one of the best. Thank you so much! When we used to make regular pizzas though, we would add the sugar or honey straight to the water and yeast, does this affect your recipe much?

    Nope, shouldn’t affect it at all, Ben. The yeast doesn’t really need a sweetener right away; it can get going on its own just fine. But do it either way – as I said, it really doesn’t matter… PJH

  23. sagehaus

    Not good at all. Every person in my house made the same comment without hearing what the person before said. When I ask each one in the family what it tasted like they all said communion bread. This crust has a spongy texture and a bad aftertaste. I am a baker, so I do know how to prepare baked goods. So far I have not been impressed with the gluten free products I have tried from King Arthur.Sorry to leave a negative comment.
    We are sorry to hear of your dissatisfaction with the products. Please contact our Customer Service at 1-800-827-6836, so we can make this right! ~Jessica

  24. anne

    Whisk together 6 cups (32 ounces) King Arthur stabilized brown rice flour; 2 cups (10 3/4 ounces) potato starch; and 1 cup (4 ounces) tapioca starch or tapioca flour. Store airtight at room temperature
    These measurements are off Or am I not reading it correctly. I am trying to half and I can’t decide to use ounces that you have or the correct amounts. Thanks Anne

    Anne, sorry, what has you confused? The ounces are equivalent to the volumes; use either one. If you’re confused about weights, it’s true, 1 cup of stabilized brown rice flour doesn’t weight the same as 1 cup tapioca starch; dry ingredient weights are often different from one another. If you’re still confused, please call our bakers’ hotline: 802-649-3717; they’ll help you. PJH

  25. Shea12484

    Hi! We are pretty new to the GF world, and are trying to find foods that help us eat some things that we used to enjoy, like pizza. 🙂 We have a lot of dietary restrictions (gluten, dairy, soy, eggs). Is there anything that we could replace the milk product in this recipe with that would be ok? Thanks in advance, hoping to try this tomorrow! 😀

    Just leave the milk powder out – it should still be fine. Enjoy your pizza! PJH

  26. James

    I made this crust yesterday and noticed that while the crust was setting in the oven, it started to puff in certain areas. Is this normal? Should the crust be docked?

    Yeast crust will sometimes puff while baking solo without the toppings- either air is trapped underneath the crust or in the crust. If you prefer it flatter, poke the air pockets as they appear (as you might for a pastry crust baked without filling that may puff instead of lie flat). Happy GF Baking! Irene @ KAF

  27. James Sklar

    Thanks so much! This recipe is amazing. The author clearly has mad skills.

    James, the recipe’s author is actually Sue Gray, our “Gluten-Free Goddess” – I will absolutely pass your kind comment along to her. 🙂 PJH

  28. James Sklar

    Thank you. So one more question:

    I roll out the dough on a cutting board and then using a ring mold, make a perfect 9″ circle. However, how do I transfer the dough to the baking sheet without destroying it??

    James, roll on parchment; that’s your best solution. If you don’t have parchment roll on greased waxed paper or foil, and flip the crust onto the baking sheet, peeling off the paper or foil. Good luck – PJH

  29. James Sklar


    I bought some pizza screens and am going to make the dough then transfer it to the screen to make life easier!

  30. James Sklar

    I would like to make a smaller version, a 10″ size pizza… How would I adjust this recipe accordingly?

    James, a 10″ pizza would be about 22% smaller than a 12″. Go to the recipe, toggle it to show grams, and reduce everything by 22%. For the ingredients not measured in grams, you could either measure the original, and subtract 22%; or reduce the volume measurement by about 1/5. Or, simply keep the recipe as is, and shape it into a thicker 10″ crust… Good luck – PJH

  31. Eddie

    Thank you so much for this wonderful recipe. My poor wife needed to give up dairy, gluten, eggs, and a bunch more good stuff while breast-feeding. She tried a couple of gluten-free pizzas from local restaurants but was not impressed (maybe even depressed..)

    I used 1/2 soy milk, 1/2 water since she can’t have dairy; it turned out amazing! Even better, she thinks I’m amazing! And the parchment paper trick is the only way to go. I spread the dough on the paper with an offset spatula, then slid it onto a cast iron pizza pan that I’d preheated in the oven for that initial bake. Perfect! And thank you again!

  32. Fair S.

    I don’t have any King Arthur in my pantry yet… Made this tonight using Mamas GF Almond Blend Flour mix. Question- are you supposed to mix the dry ingredients together and then remove 1/2 a cup from them to add to the yeast mixture. Or are you supposed to use 1/2 of plain GF flour that is independent from the dry ingredient mixture of flour/baking powder/buttermilk solids/salt you mix for this recipe? For a total of 2 cups of GF flour in the completed recipe. I did the latter. My dough looked similar to yours- albeit almost not as wet- and I am wondering if this was a mistake or simply due to the type of flour mix I used. My yeast failed to do much of anything- but our pizza still turned out well. Tasted great! Will be making another this weekend for sure! (^-^)
    Yes. you mix the dry together (except for the yeast) and then remove a cup to mix with the yeast, oil and water. If your yeast was inactive, it may have expired, or your water may have been too hot. Glad you enjoyed the recipe! ~Amy

  33. Chris H

    I am about to try your gluten free Pizza mix. Question:

    Our oven is uneven and I always get best results using a stone. How do I use a stone with your mix? Bake maybe 10 min (or how many at what temp?) on steel baking pan – let cool a bit, slide on to a peel with cornmeal – top and then slide on hot pizza stone?

    I really want to use the stone for a non-soggy bottom…

    I think that would be an excellent way to get the best results with a stone. YOU GO FOR IT! ~ MaryJane

  34. Vicki

    This pizza comes out amazing.
    It can hold the toppings and tastes good with no graininess!
    I used the buttermilk powder and sugar instead of honey and followed the directions.
    I even used a thermalpen to make sure my water was 100 degrees for the yeast.
    I put my dough onto parchment paper and cooked it on a stone.
    First pizza that looked liked pizza, crunched like pizza, and there was nothing left like good pizza. I’ve thrown soooo many pizza’s away. Finally, a pizza everyone loved. AMEN
    Please KA, sell this in a 5lb bag! The box is too small.
    I know we can mix our own but if you make it, we will buy it!
    Thank you so much for this recipe.

    Your suggestion to sell the GF multi-purpose flour in larger quantity has been added to our customer observations. It’s one engine that drives change. Happy Baking! Irene @ KAF

  35. Vicki

    I put my dough onto parchment paper and then slid that onto the stone. Came out beautiful and I did have my oven on 550 degrees.
    I just watched it carefully and adjusted the time a bit.
    Mine took 8 minutes for the first bake and it was very brown already and then 12 minutes with the toppings. Was perfect inside and out. I’ve made it in a metal 12″ pan as well that I just put onto the stone and it still came out fine.
    Don’t skip any steps or time.
    I used a thermal pen to make sure the water was 100 degrees for the yeast and timed it for 30 minutes. Beautiful bubbles just like your pictures. I used a big piece of plastic wrap to spread out the dough instead of using wet hands.
    The buttermilk powder was at my regular grocery store.
    I just never noticed it before. Adds a nice flavor.
    I’ve tried it with the buttermilk powder and with milk powder.
    We all like the flavor of the buttermilk best.

    Wow – thanks for this list of tips – it will help our other GF bakers make successful and delicious pizza. Happy Baking! Irene @ KAF

  36. Judy

    Can I freeze this dough before cooking it?

    An excellent question, and one I am not too sure about. However, I did ask our gluten free expert, Amy and she had this to say: “I have never frozen it raw, though I’m sure it could work. I would recommend that they do it after mixing and not let it rise first, but that they add an extra ¼ tsp. yeast to the dough when they mix it to give it a wake-up boost when it thaws. Then after thawing, it would need to rise, etc. What I HAVE done is to actually shape the crusts, par bake them and freeze them so all you need to do when you want to use them is pull them out, top them and bake until hot.” I hope that helps!-Jon

  37. Sam

    I made this tonight with just a gluten free flour blend I threw together as I didn’t have King Arthur flour on hand. We’ve been gluten free for 3 years now, and I make pizza once a week or so. This was by far the best crust recipe I’ve tried, everyone in our family loved it!

    I doubled it, but otherwise made as directed including the oil on the bottom. Amazing.
    I am so pleased to hear everyone loved. It is a keeper! Elisabeth

  38. Rereann

    This really IS the BEST gluten-free pizza crust recipe!! I have baked professionally and have been baking GF for over 8 years. I did not have the nonfat dry milk powder so I used milk instead of water and it still came out great! I used Trader Joe’s new GF flour as I did not have the King Arthur brand. I can’t tell you how excited I am to be able to make homemade pizza again!

    So glad it worked for you – and give our KA GF flour a try sometime, too, see how you like it. I think you’ll be impressed… PJH

  39. Colleen

    My daughter is a vegan as well as gluten-free. Do you think not adding the dry buttermilk would make a huge difference? If so, is there something I can add that’s vegan?

    You can leave out either of the milk powders and just use water in this recipe. Thanks for asking – happy baking! Irene @ KAF

  40. Jen Quavelin

    Any chance I could increase baking powder/add baking soda and skip the yeast? I have multiple food allergies – wheat and yeast among them…

    Unfortunately we have not tried this recipe with just baking powder so it is hard to say how it will work as a complete yeast replacement. However, I would suggest to call our Baker’s Hotline and ask to speak with Amy. She is our resident gluten free expert and she may have some tips.-Jon 855-371-2253

  41. Dave

    Hi, I tried the recipe, and had some issues. I found that surprisingly, even with the oil, the dough was inseparable from the pan after baking. I basically had to chisel it off the pan with a spatula 🙁

    Now, admittedly, I didn’t use a non-stick pan. But I thought the ample oil would give it enough non-stickiness to compensate. Plus, it was SO sticky that it seemed to me that even with a non-stick baking pan, it would’ve been tricky to get off the pan.

    Has anyone else experienced any “release” issues in terms of getting this recipe off the pan once baked?

    Several factors contribute to the release of the crust from the pan – the sticky dough and it’s 30 minute rest, 2 tablespoons oil in the pan, high heat (425′) and the lowest rack in the oven for the bake. We hope you try the recipe again and call us if you need help along the way (Baker’s Hotline direct number is 855-371-2253). Happy GF Baking! Irene@KAF

  42. Dave

    Hi Irene, thanks for the reply. I tried the recipe again…this time I made sure to fully and generously spray-oil the pan, followed instructions precisely to the letter (30-minute rest, 2 Tbsp oil in pan, 425, lowest rack, etc). Still had a problem getting the dough loose after 10 minutes in the oven. Had to really shove with the spatula to loosen it, and even with that, I still had part of the bottom in the middle get left behind once I finally pried the crust loose.

    That being said, I was able to top the crust and (barely) slide it onto my pizza stone, and once baked, it was quite delicious. The stickiness of it, though, is really puzzling me. Are you saying that when you folks make this recipe, there’s no stickiness to the pan at all?

    Dave, are you spraying the pan with non-stick vegetable oil spray first, then adding the 2 tablespoons oil? That might help. Also, after 10 minutes it’s probably not ready to come off the pan; I think you have to forgo your baking stone for this particular recipe, and just bake it completely on the pan. When it’s fully baked, it should lift off the pan easily. Next time give that a try, and check back to let us know how it went, OK? PJH

  43. Dave

    Hi, yes, I did spray the pan before adding the 2 Tbsp of oil. Quite a bit, actually.

    I can try it without the stone this second time (I tried it without the stone the first time, by the way, which is when it stuck like glue…although that time I didn’t spray oil the pan). Like I said though, I’m pessimistic about the chances, since it went from not sticking at all when I pressed the dough out into the pan, to partially sticking after the 10-minute bake this last time I tried it. The only thing I can think of is that it’s not a non-stick pan; it’s a regular silver aluminum pizza pan that I got at a restaurant supply store in New York for baking pizza. But, then again, I’ve used it with other GF pizza dough recipes where it has performed fine, no sticking at all.

    Anyway, I’ll give this recipe another shot and report back, since it really did turn out quite delicious.

    Thanks for getting back – try baking all the way in the pan, without using the stone. I use just plain aluminum pans (not non-stick); and I really do think the issue is not baking fully on the pan. Let us know, OK? PJH

  44. Dave

    Well, I’m frankly at a loss.

    I just finished my third attempt. I baked it on my 14″ pan exclusively, no pizza stone, on the lowest rack. I set my oven to 430, just in case my oven was running a little bit cool. Preheated 20 minutes in advance. Everything was fine right up until the baking–the crust looked just like the pictures on this blog once I put it into the pan just prior to baking.

    I par-baked the crust 10 minutes, took it out, topped it with nothing but sauce and cheese, and then put it back in until the cheese was almost burnt–about 12 more minutes. Although this time the pizza did release, the bottom was completely UN-browned. It almost looked, and tasted, uncooked. And the crust was so limp and soft that it was very difficult to get out of the baking pan and onto my cutting pan.

    So…I’m at a loss 🙁 I’m going to continue trying, as I loved the taste of the second one I made (the one where I finished it on the pizza stone). But I’ve given a lot of thought now as to why my pizza isn’t behaving like the one shown in the blog, and I just can’t think of anything (I’m a fairly experienced pizzamaker, as I’ve studied the craft for years).

    Dave, I think your best bet at this point is to call our hotline and ask to speak to Amy. She’s the one most likely to be able to help you with this. Like you, I’m at a loss; without being in your kitchen, it’s really difficult to try to assess what might be going on, and why your results are different than what I’d expect. I’ve made this pizza, followed this recipe, a number of times; it works well for me. The only wild card might be the pan… I use dark anodized aluminum. Could that be the difference? Just don’t know… But call our hotline: 855-371-2253. I hope, together, you can figure this out. PJH

  45. Dave

    Ah. Well, the dark anodized aluminum would definitely explain it 🙂 That’s a much better pan for crisping than the regular silver aluminum pan that I have. Thanks for passing that info along, that was the missing piece of the explanation!

    That could very well be, Dave… Thanks so much for your patience as we’ve worked through this together! PJH

  46. Melody

    What type of pan are you using to cook, and could this recipe be done using the Emile Henry pizza stone… if so, how would you modify it?
    Hi Melody,
    Here is the pizza pan used in the blog. I think you could use the Emile stone, but you may want to try spreading the dough out on parchment and putting the parchment on the stone. GF doughs are notorious stickers, so that it something to be aware of. Let us know how it goes. ~ MJ

  47. Monica

    Parchment is a gluten free baker’s best friend.

    I do the parbake on parchment. Next I brush the crust with olive oil and coat liberally with garlic salt. I then top it and put it back in directly on the rack.

    These are the ONLY changes I made as this recipe is perfection. This is coming from someone who made gluten crusts for 15 years prior to my diagnosis.

  48. Rebecca Lovell

    I just made this for the first time – thank you SO MUCH!! I was afraid that after realizing that I’m gluten-sensitive, I wouldn’t be able to enjoy pizza anymore. Before this realization, I had just pretty much perfected my pizza crusts, which the rest of my family can still enjoy. I’m wondering, it would probably be okay to put additives in this, right? Like some oregano and dried cheese powder?

  49. Sue

    Hello. This looks amazing. Do you know if I can use guar gum instead of xantham gum?Our gluten free guru Amy says yes. However, guar gum has a distinctive flavor. I know use use the same amount. Betsy@KAF

    Thank you:)

    1. The Baker's Hotline

      We haven’t yet experimented with freezing this dough. You might be more successful parbaking and then freezing your crust.~Jaydl@KAF

  50. Samantha

    I received the Breville Crispy Crust Pizza Maker as a Christmas gift. While no one in my household is gluten-free, I ordered the KA Gluten-Free Multi-Purpose Flour Mix for the sole reason of trying it with my new pizza maker. Because I love pizza so much but am attempting to eat wiser, I was hoping to find an easy home-made alternative to traditional pizza dough.

    This dough, by far, exceeded my expectations. The pizza this recipe/product produced was outstanding! It was thin and crispy and delicious. I know it was good because my husband ate several pieces after he had already eaten a pizza made with the KA Pizza Crust recipe.

    For any others out there who have the Breville Crispy Crust Pizza Maker, I followed the recipe exactly through the initial rest. After the initial rest, I made two pizzas rather than one. Using two sheets of parchment paper topped with 1 tablespoon of olive oil each, I placed ½ of the dough on each of the two sheets and worked, with wet finger tips, to approximately 10 inches in diameter. I pre-baked the pizzas in the pizza maker on the parchment paper for about 7 minutes. After removing and topping, I placed them back in the maker (still on the parchment paper) for about 3 minutes, then pulled the parchment out and let them cook directly in the machine (on the pizza stone) until the crust was browned and crisp and the toppings were hot and bubbly. I had no issues with sticking.

    I cannot say enough how easy this is to make and what delicious pizza it produces and while my family is not gluten-free by necessity; our home-made pizza dough will be gluten-free by choice! Thank you for a great product and recipe!

  51. Sheila

    Would love to try this recipe. I have the King Arthur gluten free all purpose flour. Could you just omit the xantham gum or is it essential?

    1. The Baker's Hotline

      Hi Sheila, the xanthan gum helps bind the dough together. I fear a dough without it might not hold together.~Jaydl@KAF

  52. Sheila

    I made the crust last night with Xantham gum – It was good, but my crust was a gummy in some places and crispy in others. It did not rise much. I think my mistake may have been using Red Star Active yeast, rather than instant? My yeast mixture did not get bubbly, so I let the dough mixture rest longer (1 hour). Is that my problem? Must I use instant yeast, or how do I modify using regular active yeast? Thanks!

    1. Amy Trage

      I don’t think the extra length of time was the issue, to be honest. It is fine to use the active dry yeast instead of instant, but it can take a little longer to activate. ~Amy

    2. Sheila

      OK – it could be my water was too hot and I killed the yeast – will try again with warm water. If I double or triple recipe is this OK (need to make 3 pizzas), do I need to modify anything? Thanks much!

    3. PJ Hamel, post author

      Sorry about that, Sheila. Go ahead and double/triple, and just follow the directions as you’ve been doing. That should work out fine. Enjoy – PJH

  53. Beth B

    Is it possible to make the dough early in the day and then bake for dinnertime? I won’t have the time to prepare it after the kids come home from school. 😉

    1. The Baker's Hotline

      Sure, just make sure to refrigerate the dough. It should be fully risen after 8 hours or so. Jon@KAF

  54. Dave Cohn

    Delicious pizza crust. I made some of this gluten-free and some regular and the people said that my regular one which is really quite delicious was not as good as the gluten-free one. Kudos on a great recipe and great instructions to follow to make it.

  55. JB

    I had such high hopes for this crust. I usually use Namaste Foods pizza crust and it never fails me. But I’ve missed yeasted breads and pizza since going GF. I’m sorry to say this left me completely disappointed. The dough never once looked like picture. I really do believe more than 1C of water is needed in this recipe. I may try it again with more water…but this came out like a frisbee. Back to Namaste foods pizza crust I go…

    Thanks for the feedback, JB. We do hope you’ll give the recipe another try. ~ MJ

  56. Mike G

    Didn’t have KA GF mix, so I used what I had on-hand. Baked on parchment and stone, and it was the best GF pizza crust I’ve tried. No grittiness, just crispy and delicious.

  57. Lindsay

    AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHMAZING !!!!! didn’t have the butter milk powder (will look for it next time) but this was hands down the BEST GF PIZZA I have ever had !!! Thank you Thank you Thank you (from the bottom of my belly)

    1. MaryJane Robbins

      Wow, Lindsay, that’s one of the most enthusiastic reviews I’ve ever seen. Glad you are enjoying it so much. ~ MJ

  58. Alanna

    Has anyone tried to increase this recipe and freeze crusts that are “ready made” so you can top them and bake them whenever you want a quick meal?

    1. The Baker's Hotline

      This recipe is a great contestant for a frozen make-ahead dinner. Prepare the recipe as instructed through the step where the crust is pre-baked (without toppings) for 8-10 minutes. Allow the crusts to cool completely and then wrap in plastic or store in freezer-safe bags (for up to 3 months). Take the crusts out the night before you want to bake them and place them in the fridge overnight to thaw. Let them come to room temperature about 2-4 hours before baking. They should be room temperature before you add your toppings–then go ahead and finish baking the pizzas and enjoy! If increasing the recipe, double all the ingredients but use 2 1/2 teaspoons of yeast rather than a full 3. This will keep the dough from doubling too quickly. Good luck and happy baking! Kye@KAF

  59. Charles

    Made it and loved it!!!! One of the top two GF recipes I’ve tried – and I’ve tried quite a few. Used corn meal bed on my pizza stone instead of the oil. Maybe I’ll try the oil next time and see how the crust browns up on the bottom.

  60. Kris Vassos

    We love this pizza crust and followed all the steps exactly, but even being very careful when spreading out the dough on the 2 Tbsp. of oil the crust stuck to the pan we purchased through KAF each time. What are we doing wrong?

    1. The Baker's Hotline

      Kris, if the crust is still sticking, try more oil or even some parchment paper! Bryanna@KAF

    1. The Baker's Hotline

      Hi Deanna,
      To make this recipe dairy-free, you can use 1/2 cup of your favorite non-dairy milk and 1/2 cup of water (instead of 1 cup of water) and eliminate the buttermilk power or nonfat dry milk powder. Just be sure to use an unsweetened, unflavored variety for best results. Happy pizza baking! Kye@KAF

  61. Kim

    This is seriously the BEST pizza crust I’ve ever had…it’s better than the regular “gluten” crusts that I’ve made. I spread mine (you must have super wet hands and keep rewetting them) on a 10 x 15 jelly roll pan and it was perfect! Love the consistency of the crust and tastes great. LOVE IT!!!!

  62. Mindy

    Best gluten free pizza crust I have had! I par bake individual crusts in small cast iron pans and then freeze them. When we want pizza, I just set them out to defrost and let everyone top their own. I put them on oiled parchment paper and bake on a pizza stone. Perfect everytime! My celiac daughter loves them!

  63. Dave Gill

    Any subs for the dry milk or buttermilk powder? We have both, but wife has gone lactose free (with good results, thank you) in recent months.

    Something else that provides the milk functionality?


    1. The Baker's Hotline

      Dave, try subbing 1 cup of non-diary milk of your choice (rice, nut or soy) in place of the water in the recipe, omitting the buttermilk or milk powder. Just remember to warm it up so that it helps to activate the yeast in the same way warm water would do. Mollie@KAF

  64. Stacey


    I am so happy to see that it really is possible to make homemade GF pizza crust. I have gone through 2 bag of KA GF flour and KA GF baking mix, attempting to make GF pastries, bread and pizza crusts. Every attempt has failed because KA is telling me I do not need to add zanthan gum, so my dough completely falls apart.

    Thanks for sharing!!

  65. Joni B.

    Just made this crust today and it was awesome! Crispy on the bottom with just a little puff and chewiness on the top, so rare in GF crusts. Since I’ve got a KA gluten free sourdough starter going (also great!), I substituted 1/2 cup of the flour and 1/4 cup of the water with a 1/2 cup of sourdough starter ‘discard’. I incorporated that 1/2 cup starter into the wet ingredients to help activate the yeast (I only had active yeast instead of instant on hand, but it worked fine, just took a little longer to get bubbly). I also added about 1/4 cup of the dry ingredients mix at that point to give it a slightly thicker texture (like crepe batter) than what the sourdough starter was giving it to give it some structure for the yeast bubbles. I let it sit until it got bubbly and finished per the recipe directions to prepare the dough. Since I only have a pizza stone, I pre-heated it on the bottom rack at 500*; patted the dough out in the 2 T of olive oil on parchment paper with oiled fingertips, let rest, then carefully transferred parchment to the stone. Parbaked for 8 min. (Developed a nice brown crust on bottom) then put on the toppings, decreased temp to 425*, and raised it to the middle rack for another 13 minutes. Slid it directly onto the stone off the parchment to slice. Was Great!! Takes time to make (for dough to rise) but isn’t time consuming. Will definitely make again!


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